arm's length


Definition of arm's length

1 : a distance discouraging personal contact or familiarity kept former friends at arm's length now
2 : the condition or fact that the parties to a transaction are independent and on an equal footing

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Other Words from arm's length

arm's-length \ ˈärmz-​ˈleŋ(k)th How to pronounce arm's-length (audio) , -​ˈlen(t)th \ adjective

Examples of arm's length in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Devon Gables Rehabilitation Center in Tucson, inspectors saw 17 residents eating in the dining room within arm's length of another person. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, "Feds cited 1 in 4 Arizona nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic," 11 Sep. 2020 With that cushion, the Heat were able to keep the Bucks at arm's length until their flurry in the final seconds. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heat 116, Bucks 114: Jimmy Butler's free throws sink the Bucks into a 2-0 hole," 2 Sep. 2020 Trump’s public disputes with European leaders increase the domestic pressure in Europe to make statements that keep the administration at arm's length, this official added. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Top EU diplomat flaunts independence from Washington on China," 16 June 2020 Others, however, are still keeping Leah — and by proxy, her sister — at arm's length. Jodi Walker,, "The Real Housewives of New York City recap: She threw a ravioli!," 5 June 2020 Yet the game has stayed an arm's length away from smartphone platforms this whole time, in spite of being built primarily using libGDX, a flexible, open source development framework with smartphone-specific hooks. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Slay the Spire, the decade’s best deckbuilding game, coming to iOS in June," 3 June 2020 The Libra Association, based in Switzerland, was supposed to give the currency project a comfortable arm's length distance from Facebook, which wouldn't own Libra. CBS News, "Facebook officially launches Libra cryptocurrency despite high-profile defections," 15 Oct. 2019 The Sixers got within 10 points but Robinson (22 points) and Johnson (8 points, 12 rebounds) helped keep Philadelphia at arm's length. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Ray Allen goes bonkers in Game 6 of Eastern Conference Finals," 17 Apr. 2020 So far, the impact has been muted around the Phoenix metro area, with most people going about their daily lives, albeit with a greater concern for washing hands and staying an arm's length, or two, from everyone else. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "As concern about the coronavirus grows, business slows but there's little panic," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of arm's length

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of arm's length was in 1655

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20 Sep 2020

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“Arm's length.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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Legal Definition of arm's length

: the condition of the parties to a business deal in which each has independent interests and one does not dominate the other often used in the phrase at arm's length a contract made at arm's length

Other Words from arm's length

arm's-length adjective

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